Press Release: Thursday, July 12, 2018

Governor Baker Nominates Kevin Maltby of Longmeadow as Associate Justice of the Northampton District Court

Governor Baker Nominates Kevin Maltby of Longmeadow as Associate Justice of the Northampton District Court

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 7/11/2018

Governor Charlie Baker | Lt. Governor Karyn Polito
Judicial Nominating Commission
Governor's Press Office

BOSTON — Today, Governor Charlie Baker nominated Kevin V. Maltby to the position of Associate Justice of the Northampton District Court.

“Attorney Maltby’s years of experience in private practice, as an educator and in the Longmeadow community, have prepared him well to serve the people of Hampden County,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I am pleased to submit his name for the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council.”

“With his broad experience in a wide range of legal areas, Attorney Maltby will bring expertise to the District Court bench,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “If appointed, I am confident he will serve the Massachusetts judiciary well.”

The District Court hears a wide range of criminal, civil, housing, juvenile, mental health, and other types of cases. District Court criminal jurisdiction extends to all felonies punishable by a sentence up to five years, and many other specific felonies with greater potential penalties; all misdemeanors; and all violations of city and town ordinances and by-laws. The District Court is located in 62 courts across the Commonwealth.

For more information about the District Court, visit their homepage.

Judicial nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council. Applicants for judicial openings are reviewed by the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) and recommended to the governor. Governor Baker established the JNC in February, 2015 pursuant to Executive Order 558, a non-partisan, non-political Commission composed of volunteers from a cross-section of the Commonwealth's diverse population to screen judicial applications. Twenty-one members were later appointed to the JNC in April, 2015.

About Kevin Maltby

Kevin V. Maltby is currently a shareholder at the law firm of Bacon Wilson, P.C., in Springfield. He handles all phases of civil litigation in State and Federal Court and criminal defense matters in the District Court.  Prior to joining Bacon Wilson, P.C., Maltby served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Northwestern District Attorney, handling all criminal matters in the District Court.  Since 2008, Maltby has been an adjunct faculty member at Bay Path University, teaching classes for the legal studies and paralegal certificate programs. Over the course of his career, Maltby has been a dedicated member of his community. In 2013, Maltby received the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Community Service Award for creating and implementing the District Court Lawyer for the Day Program in the Springfield District Court. Since its inception, the program has served over a thousand individuals in need of legal assistance. Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly also recognized Maltby in 2017 as a pro-bono honoree for his work in expanding the Hampden County Bar Association’s Legal Clinic. In addition, Maltby serves on the Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Committee on Professionalism and is a former president of the Hampden County Bar Association. Maltby earned his Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School after graduating cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He currently resides in Longmeadow with his family.